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Africa : being an accurate description of the regions of Aegypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the land of Negroes, Guinee, Aethiopia and the Abyssines, with all the adjacent islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto. With the several denominations of their coasts, harbors, creeks, rivers, lakes, cities, towns, castles, and villages. Their customs, modes, and manners, languages, religions, and inexhaustible treasure : with their governments and policy, variety of trade and barter, and also of their wonderful plants, beasts, birds and serpents
London : Printed by Tho. Johnson for the author, 1670. Acceptable. Folio. Mid-19th century 3/4 green leather over marbled boards. Only 31 maps and plans. Wear to boards, some bumping. Lacking title page, frontis, folding general map of Africa, pages 1-12. 743-760, 764-767, list of plates, lacking folding tables. Soiling, foxing marginal dampstaining. Extenstive chipping and tears to margins with loss to text. Most plans and maps remounted with significant loss to engravings, loss to folds. An unsophicated copy.
Ogilby's work is the most authentic and comprehensive work on Africa in English published in the seventeenth century and is of particular interest for the accounts of the natives in southern Africa. Though separately issued, the work was intended as the first volume in a planned "English Atlas" series, and is sometimes found with an additional half-title with the series title (as here), or with the spine numbered as volume one. Besides the above explanation on the sources used, Ogilby's preface, dated April 28, 1670, is of note as it contains the only autobiographical details on the great historian. Refs: Lowndes III, p.1719; Wing O-163; Mendelssohn (1979) 3, p.571; Tooley, Africa , p.87.; Cox I, 361

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